Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy Day – Day 1 Media Release

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    Media release – 17 December 2016

    Event: Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, December 17-18, 2016 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with racing on Pittwater & Broken Bay

    Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

    Pittwater, sometimes called ‘shift water’, exhibited its best and worst on day one of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy and still the race management team managed four races in breeze 3 to 15 knots between Taylor’s Point at Clareville and the offshore community of Morning Bay which fronts the Kur-ing-gai Chase National Park.

    On Saturday afternoon, December 17, Martin Hill’s Estate Master crew was smiling having more often than not picked the right shifts, but they could well appreciate others’ frustration.

    Estate Master’s tactician David Chapman said, “It was a typically tough Pittwater day, very shifty NW to SW and the whole team did a very good job staying patient. Our starts weren’t great so we were on the back foot but pulled ourselves to the front. Everyone had their moments, Double Black was up there, Joe de Kock looked good with Good Form and Mim (Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis) did really well for his first day of fleet racing driving Transfusion.”

    “Three firsts is very exciting,” said the bubbly Hill on a steamy summer’s afternoon at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. “The NW going into a southerly with the hot westerly in between is always difficult, and racing in between Scotland Island and Taylor’s Point you’re asking for trouble.”

    Jeff Carter’s Edake had the next best day and sits five points from the lowest point scorer going into day two and Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen holds third, also aided by two seconds.

    Newcomer to racing on the skinny inshore side of the Northern Beaches peninsula, Victorian skipper Rob Pitts and his Double Black crew were the only ones who managed to snaffle a win off Estate Master. “It was a game of snakes and ladders and we managed to pull out a win,” Pitts said. “It was really good fun and a nice sunny day; the westerly made it pretty tricky.”

    “With one gust of 15 knots, mostly 8-10 knots and dropping down to as low as three, it was light and all over the shop,” commented PRO Steve Merrington. He thanked Ross and Jenny Scoble for the use of their Riviera called Passport as the Farr 40’s start boat.

    The fleet is due to go offshore tomorrow and Hill and Chapman are all for racing off Palm Beach, to gain as much experience as possible as they prepare for their Etchells national title next month.

    Owners will meet with Merrington at the RPAYC Sunday morning to make the call on whether to head to the Broken Bay offshore zone for the last three races starting 1000hrs or set up for another inshore day in calmer waters.

    A southerly up to 30 knots is due to hit Sydney overnight and there are some concerns the resulting sea state could make it too hard for the race committee to set the course marks. Sunday’s SSE breeze is forecast to moderate to 13 knots by mid-afternoon.

    Results Farr 40 OD Australian Open Series – Pittwater

    Series Results [One Design ET] up to Race 4
    Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
    1 AUS615 ESTATE MASTER Martin & Lisa Hill 6.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 1.0
    2 007 EDAKE Jeff Carter 11.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 2.0
    3 64221 ZEN Gordon Ketelbey 14.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 6.0
    4 SM2008 DOUBLE BLACK Robert Pitts 17.0 6.0 6.0 1.0 4.0
    5 5588 GOODFORM Joe De Kock 19.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
    6 6422 TRANSFUSION Massimo Belgiorno-Ne 21.0 3.0 7.0 8.0 3.0
    7 8884 EXILE Rob Reynolds 27.0 7.0 5.0 7.0 8.0
    8 6024 WINDY TOO Carl Russett 30.0 9.0R 8.0 6.0 7.0


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    By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

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